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Archive for the month “February, 2011”

Science Resource Trials Coming Soon

During the month of March we will be trialing online science resources including:

  • Facts on File – Science Online
  • Facts on File – Today’s Science
  • Gale – Science in Context
  • Marshall Cavendish:
    • Aquatic World
    • Birds of the World
    • Elements
    • Exploring Earth & Space Science
    • Exploring Life Science
    • Exploring Mammals
    • Exploring Technology
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Growing Up With Science
    • Life Sciences
    • Reptiles & Amphibians
    • Wildlife & Plants of the World
    • Open for Debate (includes Science topics)

Watch here and in your email this week for more information about accessing the trials and submitting evaluations of these resources.


New Subjects Are Up

Fresh off of Web Services fingers…

Today the new subject categories are live on our “Databases & Research” page:

We are still finalizing the list of resources in each of these subject categories, so we appreciate your patience while everything is worked out.  If you have a new subject category suggestion or a resource that you would like to see included within a subject category, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT here!

March Free Gale Webinars

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is an online resource of electronic encyclopedias and specialized reference sources — known as eBooks — used for multidisciplinary research. These eBooks provide access to reference materials that had previously been available only in the library. You’ll learn how to conduct basic and advanced searches, how to use the document toolbox and how this easy-to-use tool can help users get the most out of eBooks.

March 16, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.


History in Context

Now an even more dynamic resource — with a new interface and enhanced functionality — Gale History in Context, formerly History Resource Center, is designed to meet the historical research needs of library users at every level of learning. Attend this training session and learn how to review the general content, construct and employ different search strategies and how to differentiate between basic, person, subject, chronological and advanced search options.

March 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Replacing Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context represents a fundamental shift in Gale’s approach to product development. Discover everything that’s different and better than ever and learn how to navigate this engaging new resource that gives you the facts on the latest current event topics, as well as the proponent’s and detractor’s arguments.

March 2, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

March 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


A CE App is not required by IPRS for these trainings, but please check with your supervisor so that your commitment to professional development is recorded.  When registering, please make sure that your contact information is accurate as sometimes the link defaults to Christa Werle’s contact info.

Job & Career Accelerator Upgrade

Sno-Isle has now been upgraded to Job & Career Accelerator 2.0. Your patrons and students now have access to all of the latest features outlined below.  All of your patrons’ and students’ existing work and personal information from earlier versions of Job & Career Accelerator have been moved to this new version. Please see the attachment for details.

Job & Career Accelerator integrates everything job seekers need to conduct a successful job search, all in one easy-to-use online platform.

What’s new in Job & Career Accelerator 2.0?

  • Redesigned and improved Resume Builder
  • Improved My Accelerator Dashboard with new reminders section for successful job   search tracking
  • Expanded Search functionality featuring internships and entry-level job search filters for recent graduates
  • Improved Cover Letter Builder with featured formatting and section reordering
  • And a comprehensive library of sample letter types such as thank you, follow-up,  and much more!

New Ancestry Interface Coming in April

Dear Ancestry Library Edition Subscriber:

Ancestry Library Edition provides unprecedented access to family history records through more than 7,000 collections that help individuals from North America, U.K., Europe, Australia, and beyond trace their lineage.  Soon, access to Ancestry Library Edition’s wealth of family history records will be even easier!

We are excited to announce the new Ancestry Library Edition search interface will be released this spring, with a clean and crisp design that improves the overall user experience.  The Ancestry Library Edition new search interface is scheduled for release on April 13, 2011.

Please note the new version of Ancestry Library Edition requires Internet Explorer 7 or higher. Older browsers are not supported and some site features may not function properly. Internet Explorer 7 or higher must be installed on your library’s computer workstations by April 13, 2011, so patrons can continue using Ancestry Library Edition.

Please share the news about the new Ancestry Library Edition search interface with your colleagues.

Ancestry Library Edition new search interface features include:

  • Improved look and feel for a more intuitive user experience
  • Map and location filters on the home page
  • Name filters with Soundex
  • Type ahead features
  • Improved country and state pages

ARRC Beta Coming Soon

Dear EBSCO Customer,

We are pleased to announce that, as a current subscriber to Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC), you will soon have the opportunity to sample the exciting next ARRC interface, as a BETA.  Access to the BETA will automatically be added to your account as soon as it becomes available. It will appear on your Select Service page as ARRC BETA, in addition to your current ARRC database.

We think you will enjoy the opportunity to give the new interface a try during the next three months, after which time it will replace the existing ARRC interface.

We will communicate with you again as soon as the BETA is available for you to use, and to provide you with a direct URL to it, as well as to list online training sessions that will give you and your users a complete overview of the features and functionality of the new design.

ProQuest Highlight: ABI/INFORM


For the last 35 years, ABI/INFORM has been, and continues to be, one of the most comprehensive and popular sources of business information. During this past year, new market reports, analytical tools and other non-bibliographic content have taken this resource to incomparable levels. The ability to create links to this unique content brings the end user to the answers they are seeking very quickly. Our ABI/INFORM webinar helps participants discover what’s new and offers some tips for uncovering highly-desired, current business information. In addition to the broad periodical and newspaper coverage, some of the newer content includes:

  • First Research In-depth Industry Reports
  • SWOT Articles and Reports
  • Business Cases
  • Market Research Reports
  • Oxford Analytica Country Reports

Ongoing Changes to Databases & Research Resources

You may have noticed recently that the changes we announced to our Databases & Research page back in November are now nearing completion.  The Reference Services Committee has been busy culling our recommended websites and subscription eResources down to the best 3-10 online resources for each subject area.  The list of subjects will soon expand and the sub-categories will go away.  You can view  a list of the new subjects and the RSC member responsible for that collection on our Intranet:

As of today, most resources have been reassigned and we appreciate your patience during an interim period before they all come online.  Web Services will complete the transition as work on the ILS PAC nears completion and we will issue notifications as Database & Research changes are completed.

Any questions or comments?  Please contact the appropriate RSC member or Christa Werle (x7160).

Free Webinar from JCA & LearningExpress

Write Effective Resumes Using Keywords!

With Louise Kursmark, Author of Best Resumes for College Students and New Grads
We invite you to sign up for the next webinar in the Job & Career Accelerator expert webinar series with noted author and resume expert Louise Kursmark.
It’s tougher than ever for jobseeking candidates to be sure that their resume actually reaches hiring managers. Knowing what keywords to use can help job seekers get their resumes past sensitive filters and into the hands of employers.
Louise Kursmark is the author of Best Resumes for College Students and New Grads and 20 additional books on resumes, cover letters, and other career topics. She is Director of the Resume Writing Academy, the first comprehensive training organization for resume professionals, and the sponsor of the innovative Career Thought Leaders Conference, to be held March 14–16 in Baltimore.
Both job seekers and career professionals in libraries and colleges will find this information useful. Following Louise will be a special presentation on how Job & Career Accelerator™ can help job seekers succeed in their searches.

Invite your colleagues and friends to attend.  Space is limited, reserve seats now:
Existing Job & Career Accelerator customers who require support training may register at

Please send your questions, comments, and feedback on the webinar series to:

Title: Write Effective Resumes Using Keywords!

Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

*After registering you will receive a confirmation email from containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

2011 Country Reports in CultureGrams

CultureGrams Updates
2011 Reports, Statistics, Kids Reports

This month, our editors will introduce some helpful new additions to CultureGrams, including:

  • Our full set of statistical information will be updated in all of our reports and data tables. You’ll also notice question mark icons on the country landing pages and at the top of select data tables. Click on these icons for an explanation of particular statistics and how they are calculated. This information will help your students understand the statistics and what they tell us about a country.
  • Check out our new Kids Edition country reports: Libya, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Belarus, and Serbia. Stop by to find out which of these countries boasts the highest temperature ever recorded on earth, which one gained its independence in 1990, and which is home to the world’s fourth largest Muslim population.
  • Best of all, our complete 2011 update to every text in every edition of CultureGrams will be available and live on our site (and in each PDF) on February 15. Our team delayed the release slightly in order to access and provide you the very latest information from the U.N. Human Development Report and other sources.

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